ASAE Reports Increased Attendance at Annual Meeting

More than 5,300 association professionals and industry partners — a slight increase over last year — gathered in St. Louis Aug. 6-9 for the American Society of Association Executives' (ASAE) 2011 Annual Meeting & Exposition, ASAE announced last week.

Attendance included 2,669 executives, 1,715 exhibitors and 984 other participants, including guests, spouses, press, volunteers, vendors and staff, for a grand total of 5,368 attendees.

"With attendance up this year, it illustrates the value for association members to continually enhance their skills and knowledge as professionals," said ASAE President and CEO John H. Graham IV. "Based on feedback from last year, we added new ways to deliver content with programs like Ignite and Game Changer sessions. We strive to ensure our members are receiving the highest quality professional development they need and deserve."

Attendees at this year's meeting chose from 120 education sessions and mingled with a total of 410 companies that exhibited at 672 booths. Meanwhile, the ASAE Foundation raised more than $250,000 for association industry research through different events.

"This year's meeting was very successful because of the collaboration between ASAE staff, volunteers, leadership and committee members and the entire St. Louis community," Graham said. "St. Louis did a fantastic job with hosting our annual meeting, and our members noticed the hospitality and left with great memories and a better understanding of what St. Louis has to offer. It was a true partnership."